Winner Announced for 5th Annual Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholarship for LL.M. in International Arbitration


India native Supritha Suresh has been named the 2016-2017 Young ICCA Scholarship winner.

Suresh's impressive background includes completing her undergraduate degree in May 2016 with a specialization in International Trade and Investment Law from the National Law University in Jodhpur, India. She was a member of the senior editorial board of Trade, Law & Development (a biannual trade-centric journal) and was recognized as the fourth best speaker in the global rounds of the 2014 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot. Both experiences spurred her interest in cross-border trade and investment and provided her "with an exhilarating drive to be involved in the field of commercial as well as investment treaty arbitration.”

Supritha Suresh

“The White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program is the best program in the market for anyone seeking to pursue a career in and contribute to the field of International Dispute Resolution,” says Suresh.

“Its reputation precedes it for providing excellence in academics and research, which would indeed be the ideal link for both my short term as well as my long-term plans. Miami Law has a reputation for providing a stimulating academic environment and unparalleled mentorship. Gaining access to mentors who are nothing less than experts in their right, along with an opportunity to sustain academic dialogue with a spectrum of like-minded peers would aid in broadening my perspective on the theory as well as the practicalities involved in negotiating at the global level."

Suresh is the very first winner from India in the program. Without the Young ICCA Scholarship, her dream of attending Miami Law would not have been possible.

Her scholarship-winning essay was titled “The Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 - The power of the Arbitral Tribunal to Grant Interim Relief.”

Suresh acknowledges, "This window of opportunity so early in my career would have been impossible if not for Young ICCA, founded by Marike Paulsson. I would like to thank both UM as well as Young ICCA for considering me worthy enough and investing in me.”

Marike Paulsson, Director of the International Arbitration Institute and a member of ICCA’s Judiciary Committee, said that she is “delighted to have an Indian national winning the UM/Young ICCA Scholarship competition. The goal of Young ICCA has always been to open the doors of international arbitration to all young arbitration specialists around the world, and that is what we are doing right now with UM opening the doors to that world by offering this elite program with a full scholarship.”

Miami Law partnered with the Young International Council for International Arbitration to launch this scholarship as Young ICCA is the worldwide network of young practitioners and students which promotes the international practice of arbitration and encourages them to acquire experience through relevant field research.

“Having had the honor to teach International Investment Arbitration in the LL.M. Program over the past four years, I know the Young ICCA scholars have been outstanding and led our classes. Supritha will be a vibrant member of the incoming class,” says Carolyn Lamm, governing board member of ICCA and visiting professor. “We are delighted to have her as one of our stars and to inspire her future work in the field.”

Previous winners have found internships and jobs with Bacardi Martini in Miami, White & Case in Washington, D.C., and Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels. The most recent Young ICCA Scholar Davide Schiavetti interviewed at the world’s two leading arbitration firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case, and accepted an offer from White & Case.